Bioactive Compounds of Salacia chinensis L

  • Shrikant PatilEmail author
  • Parthraj Kshirsagar
Living reference work entry
Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


Different plant parts and water extracts of Salacia have extensively been consumed in many Asian countries as a food supplement to prevent obesity and diabetes. Studies suggest that extracts of Salacia chinensis regulate multiple enzymes in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, viz., α-glucosidase, aldose reductase, and pancreatic lipase. The major phyto-constituents of S. chinensis are thiosugar sulfonium sulfates such as salacinol, kotalanol, ponkoranol, and salaprinol and their corresponding de-0-sulfonated compounds. In addition, triterpenes, sesquiterpenes, lignans, xanthones, flavanols, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins have been reported in S. chinensis extracts, which are attributed to other important medicinal properties. Phenolic glycosides, megastigmane glycosides, and certain triterpenes such as foliasalacins and 1,3-diketofriedelane derivatives have not been studied in detail for their pharmaceutical potentials.


Antidiabetic Antiobesity Kotalanol Mangiferin Salacia chinensis Salacinol 



The authors SP thank to UGC New Delhi for Dr. D. S. Kothari fellowship award and PK thanks to SERB New Delhi for NPDF award.


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  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyShivaji UniversityKolhapurIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyAmity UniversityMumbaiIndia

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  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyShivaji UniversityKolhapurIndia

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